Have you ever heard of a “cafeteria Catholic?” It is one who does not follow all of the Church’s stated doctrines, instead picking and choosing which doctrines to follow or not, as if deciding which foods he likes while standing in line at a cafeteria.
Muslims come in the “cafeteria” variety too.
Surely there are Muslims who are genuine and put great effort into following their religion correctly. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seems to be a shining example of Muslim sincerity. However, as with other religions, there are some who use certain elements of Islam as a political tool rather than a spiritual way of life.
The most famous “cafeteria Muslim” is the boxer Muhammad Ali. Modern day “pop history” romantically paints Ali as a man who stood for his religious beliefs in refusing to fight in Vietnam. If you believe that, you’re allowing the left make up history as they go along (as usual).
Ali was not standing for strong religious conviction; rather, he was cowering behind mere religious affiliation to avoid the inconvenience of going to war. In the 1960’s, Ali was a “Muslim of Convenience.”
Cheating on his wife and boxing for the white man’s money were also things forboden by Muhammad Ali’s religion in the sect of the Nation of Islam.
Yet because Ali found cheating on his wife and boxing so much more enjoyable than going to war or Islam, he kept doing them. That prompted Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad to kick Ali out of the Nation and strip him of the name Muhammad Ali for his transgressions, retuning him to the name Cassius Clay.
Even that didn’t stop Ali from committing those sins against his religion. Got sincerity?
The only truth one can divine from Ali’s actions is that he wasn’t a true follower in the Nation of Islam – he hid behind Islam to avoid fighting for America, but cast it aside rather than give up sexual promiscuity and boxing for money. He was a “cafeteria Muslim” to the Nation of Islam.
As it turns out, Ft. Hood terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan may be a “cafeteria Muslim” too.
Reports indicate that he spent plenty of time in a strip club called Starz, complete with drinking and raunchy lap dances. The radical jihadist form of Islam outlaws these things. The general manager of Starz relates that Hassan stayed at the strip club for as much as 7 hours straight. That’s not a casual brush with debauchery – 7 hours is a Larry Flynt sized commitment to sexual immorality.
How are we to reconcile Hasan’s supposedly ultimate act of loyalty to Islam through martyrdom with that deed being preceded by sins against Islam? (We have to label his martyrdom attempt “epic fail” since he is still alive.)
Hasan isn’t the first to lust in strip clubs before yelling “Allahu Akhbar” and committing mass killings. Reports from all over the country indicate the September 11 hijackers spent a great deal of time at strip clubs, buying pornography and sleeping with prostitutes before September 11.
One theory suggests that since Islamic Jihadist believe that if they die while killing infidels (meaning you and me) all of their sins are washed away, so they can go ahead and sin with impunity. Jihadist plenary indulgence = prostitutes are fun!
Another theory suggests that since Jihadist believe that God will reward their martyrdom with 72 virgins in heaven, they’re just getting themselves in shape for heaven’s orgy. Jihadist plenary indulgence = prostitutes are practice!
What is clear is that Islamic Jihadists are political, not religious. They pretend a rigorous religious commitment to incite others to fanaticism, but in reality they are religious fakers. Saddam Hussein epitomized this practice. Who could forget his rallying his sons to fight to the death, but when he crawled from his rat hole he announced, “I am willing to negotiate.” What a faker.
Some of America’s politically correct insanity may have let Hassan slip through the cracks because the Military was afraid to offend his “Muslim faith.” That thinking has to end. Guys like Hassan have no genuine Muslim faith – only Jihadist political aggression.
Profiling a Muslim for Jihadist beliefs is not targeting Islam or any sect of the religion. It’s targeting someone who is doing Islam all wrong. It’s targeting him for the misuse of Islam for political gain at the expense of American lives, which has nothing to do with religion. Investigating Jihadism insults no religion, but is a warranted investigation into the murderous bastardization of Islam into a political tool, which all good Muslins should applaud. To remain vigilant, America must target and investigate “Muslims of Convenience.”